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The pupil/student is able to say one or two words or phrases related to a current topic of conversation

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info; Post School Education info; Adult info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
My interests
  1. By talking with the student, find out what their current interests/concerns are. This could be for example that they're going to the dentist, they have been watching football etc.
  2. Use this as a basis for the next set of activities: prepare materials that could help words or phrases about this topic appropriate/necessary.
Topic introduction
  • Paper, pens, source of pictures;
  • Topic to talk about - give students a choice of topics from their interests/ concerns/ experiences for exmple - football, dentist, school/college trip
Talk about it
  • Picture cards to represent the topics the students could talk about;
  • Poster prompts from the "Topic introduction" activity


  • Give a reward each time a student says something related to the topic;
  • Set off a buzzer when a student says something that is not on the topic;
Likes and dislikes

Something to record the students responses on (e.g. paper/pen) which can later be used as a prompt;

Soft ball or beanbag.

To make it harder, you can go around again asking for favourite drinks - so that everyone now has to remember a food and a drink for each student when they pass the ball (e.g "Tim - (you like) carrot cake and tea").

You could use favourite games, favourite places to go, etc. instead.

What have you done today?

Way of recording students responses - e.g. paper/pen, whiteboard/marker;

Soft ball or beanbag.


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